The way you clean your gold teeth will depend on the type you have. There are three types of gold teeth, removable, permanent, and grillz. Here are the instructions on how to clean gold teeth. 

How to Clean Permanent Gold Teeth

Permanent gold teeth are simple to clean. You don’t need a specific toothpaste to clean them. You will still want to brush your teeth twice a day and floss to keep plaque from building up. You cannot use whitening toothpaste as this is ineffective on them. If you want your other teeth whitened, talk to your doctor.

How to Clean Removable Teeth

Make sure to remove your removable gold teeth daily to clean. You can purchase an aftermarket tooth soaking solution or you can ask your dentist. Once you’ve soaked your tooth make sure to dry it thoroughly. You can also use a polish cloth to give it that extra shine you’re looking for!

Cleaning Gold Grillz

Make sure every day you wear your grill you take it out and clean it. This is a good dental practice for overall dental health. You can brush it with toothpaste and soak it in mouthwash to kill bacteria and plaque buildup. Another way is to use a mild soap (such as dish soap) and warm water. Make sure once you’ve cleaned your grill you dry it completely.  Make sure you clean your grill especially when eating or drinking. Food and sugars from drinks can get between your grill and your teeth and cause bacteria buildup.

History Behind This Type of Tooth

Gold teeth were used before the use of silver fillings as it was more widely available. Gold, being malleable, closely resemble that of teeth. This allows one to chew without cracking other teeth. Also being immune to corrosion makes it ideal to be in one’s mouth. Many cultures deem them to be a status symbol, while others a fashion statement.

History in the United States

In the United States started during the Jim Crow error. Those that had them tended to be a freed slave that was replacing their rotting teeth. This then became a sign of wealth.  During this time the first heavyweight boxing champion, Jack Johnson, got overlays to show off his wealth. The style of this type of tooth came back when boxer Mike Tyson got them in honor of his boxing hero. From there it made its way into Rap Culture.

How They Have Been Used in South Africa

In South Africa is it a fashion statement to get them. It is so popular that many powerful people have them. They are also said to ward off Tikoloshe. The Tikoloshe is said to be a dwarf water spirit who steals the life away from sleeping victims.

Gold Teeth FAQ’s

You should ask a lot of questions before deciding to have gold added to your teeth. This is especially true if your natural teeth are not damaged and you are adding the gold just for aesthetics. 

1. What are Gold Teeth?

This type of tooth is called a crown, cap, or cover that has the exteriors made of gold coating. While they are not dangerous to your health they aren’t pure gold. They are usually about 16-karat. Gold teeth aren’t made of 100% of this compound, because the pure material is malleable and when used to bite or grind food it wouldn’t hold its form. They can be more reliable than porcelain crowns.

2. What are Gold Teeth Made From?

These teeth are made of a gold alloy, usually 16-karat, zinc, copper and/or silver. There are several types of teeth, such as crowns infused with:

  • Porcelain
  • Gold crowns
  • Pure gold teeth
  • Gold teeth alloy

3. How Much do Gold Teeth Cost?

The price of gold teeth depends on if your dental insurance will cover it. Generally speaking, crowns can cost upwards of $3,000 without insurance. Insurance will only cover this if it is medically necessary. 

4. What are Cheaper Alternatives?

Given that most of the time this material is a status symbol or fashion statement you can get just a regular filling of porcelain or porcelain crown. You can even have an entire tooth rebuilt for you. Porcelain can cost as much or more than this material. However, it is more common practice to use porcelain alloys. This gives the natural look of a tooth, with the malleability and strength of a gold tooth.

5. Does Insurance Cover Gold Teeth?

Insurance sometimes covers this material to cover your teeth. It depends entirely on your dental insurance. They will save you anywhere from 50 to 80% off depending on your insurance. 

6. Do Dentists Recommend This Type of Treatment?

Some dentists may recommend this or porcelain or a combination of both. It’s noncorrosive and mouths are meant to be the starting process of breaking down food for digestion. This makes the mouth a very intense environment.

Gold or porcelain crowns are recommended to replace/repair broken or cracked teeth. They can be recommended to replace lost teeth as well as fill in cavities. 

Dentists find that these types of teeth are now more of a status symbol. However, they are a very viable option for dental procedures. They hold up longer than their porcelain counterparts in many cases and are less expensive. They do not match the coloring of your natural enamel so many dentists are leaning away from the practice of putting in this type of crown.

7. Are There Health Reasons to get Gold Teeth?

You would get this kind of tooth not just as a status symbol, but also to help with various dental issues. You may get one for: 

  • They can be used to restore a damaged or broken tooth
  • As a filling where your tooth has decayed
  • To strengthen your tooth 
  • Style
  • To replace a filling that has been broken or reopened
  • To seal up a tooth after a root canal

Before making the decision to have this treatment, you should speak to your dentist. 

8. Can I Smoke With Them?

You should not smoke with them because it can make them look less healthy. Given that it is toxic to consume you should not use gold polish. This could make you sick.

Should I Get Them?

It depends on what you’re looking for. If you’re looking to be “cool” check out a set of grills. These are like caps that you can pop on and off your teeth. If you’re looking to resolve a dental issue, such as a cavity, then they are a great solution. Most fillings or dental work today is done with porcelain alloys using this material or other precious metal.

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Having suffered for decades, I know a thing or two about bad oral hygiene. That\'s why I started this site. To help educate and inform visitors on good oral products and how to keep your teeth and gums healthy.